Khao Khad Viewpoint (Cape Panwa)
Being a rather hilly place, Phuket is full of great views. We like to find the high spots, get some fresh air and sit on top of the world. Sometimes, it's good for your spirit just to get up above it all for a while. The viewpoint at Khao Khad is up a hill on Cape Panwa near the Phuket Aquarium, in the SE corner of Phuket. Getting there is easy enough when you know how, but it's not very well signposted and the signs that do exist are mostly in Thai. There are several roads leading there - Cape Panwa has many small roads and is a great area to drive around. You drive through rubber plantations to get there - rubber was one of the products that helped make Phuket a rich province, well before the tourist hordes discovered it. The tower is reached by a staircase, there is lots of parking space below, though you won't ever see the carpark full. From the top there are views across Chalong Bay to the West and Phuket Town to the North, and across the east to Koh Yao - you can see Phi Phi clearly too if the air is not too hazy.
After getting our fill of fresh air (it was quite breezy up there), we headed home via a road I had not taken before. The road (Phanttana Thongtin Road) follows a mangrove creek at the east end of Chalong Bay for a while (see photos below), before joining up with Chao Fa road (the main road between Phuket Town and Chalong).
Get up more hills in Phuket -
• Radar Hill
• Big Buddha Mountain
• Phuket Viewpoints